If you haven’t heard, Amazon’s Echo Buds got a major upgrade this year. Called the Echo Buds 2, they’re now smaller, more comfortable to wear, and sound better as well. Because of these improvements, people are comparing them to the
Echo Buds 2 vs
Apple AirPods Pro Comparison Chart
|Model||Echo Buds 2|
|Swappable Ear Tips||Yes||Yes|
|Ear Tip Test||Yes||Yes|
|Water Resistant||IPX4 Rating||IPX4 Rating|
|Active Noise Cancellation||Yes||Yes|
|Voice Assistant||Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant||Siri only|
|Battery Life||Up to 5 hours of playback (15 hours with charging case)||Up to 5 hours of playback with ANC turned off (24 hours with charging case)|
|Chip||None||Apple’s H1 chip|
Thanks to the upgrades on the Echo Buds 2, they’re on par with the
The Echo Buds 2 are a lot smaller than the original version which is great news because now, they fit nicely inside the ear instead of jutting out. Thanks to the size reduction, they’re also more comfortable to wear. Speaking of comfort, the Echo Buds 2 come with four different ear tip sizes as well as a three extra wingtips. The wingtips are a thoughtful inclusion, especially for those who workout a lot and need a snugger fit. There’s also an ear tip test you can take to determine which size fits you best. In addition, the Echo Buds 2 are designed with little vents which help release any pressure trapped in the ears.
Because of these upgrades, the Echo Buds 2 are on par with the
The Appe AirPods Pro edge out the Echo Buds 2 in terms of ANC and audio quality.
Because many saw the Echo Buds 1’s Active Noise Reduction (ANR) technology as a shortcoming on Amazon’s part, the Echo Buds 2 were given Active Noise Reduction (ANC) to make up for it. According to Amazon, this new ANC feature can cancel out twice as much noise and it does seem to be an accurate claim.
You can expect a good number of external sounds to be blocked out including tv noises, talking, and the whirring of appliances, although it’s not powerful enough to mute high frequency sounds. If you’re outside and need to able to hear everything that’s going on around you, the Echo Buds 2 actually have a handy passthrough mode which allows ambient noise to come through. What’s great is that you can customize the amount of noise you can hear via the Alexa app.
The real question though is, does the Echo Buds 2’s ANC feature beat that of the
As for audio quality, the Echo Buds 2 deliver a much better bass performance than their predecessor. They have a stronger kick to them while still managing to sound tight. However, we have to give this round to the AirPods Pro because they have a more powerful and balanced sound to them that’s a lot more enjoyable to listen to.
One of the biggest fears of any wireless user is losing the earbuds they paid so much money for. Fortunately, the Echo Buds 2 are equipped with a Find My Buds feature. Just call out to Alexa and she’ll locate your missing earbuds for you. Another feature that’s coming to the Echo Buds 2 soon is the VIP Filter which automatically filters out calls and messages from people who aren’t part of your VIP list. One more noteworthy thing about the Echo Buds 2 is that they spoil you for choice when it comes to voice assistants as they’re able to support Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant.
As for the
While their features are quite different, the battery life on these two models aren’t too far apart. You can enjoy up to 5 hours of listening time with the Echo Buds 2 which extends to 15 hours with the charging case. As for the AirPods Pro, they can last up to 5 hours on a single charge too but only when the ANC is off. Turn the ANC feature on and you’re looking at four and a half hours at best. Fortunately, their charging case carries up to 24 hours of listening time.
The Echo Buds 2 win against the
Given that the Echo Buds 2 are a fraction of the price of the
The Apple AirPods Pro are definitely not for everyone. But if you’re already immersed in the iOS ecosystem, want good active noise cancellation (ANC) and audio quality, and ready to shell out a hefty sum, then they might be worth considering.
Yes, we think the Echo Buds 2 are a great steal. Despite their affordability, they’re equipped with features that are similar to those of the
The ANC on the Echo Buds 2 is good but that of the
It’s easier to recommend the Echo Buds 2 because they pretty much have the same features for a fraction of the cost. But if you have a more discerning ear and you’re willing to shell out more, then the